Dead to the World

Dead to the World

Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in Bon Temps, Louisiana. She has only a few close friends, because not everyone appreciates Sookie’s gift: she can read minds. That’s not exactly every man’s idea of date bait – unless they’re undead; vampires and the like can be tough to read. And that’s just the kind of guy Sookie’s been looking for. Maybe that’s why, when she...

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Title:Dead to the World
Author:Charlaine Harris
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Dead to the World Reviews

  • Natasha

    Dead to the World is the fourth installment in the Sookie Stackhouse series. I actually read this a year or more back but re-read it last night again and realized I like it more than 4 stars.

    Eric is my favorite character to start with, but during this book I love the new Eric also. He seemed so venerable and lost. It was Eric from a simpler time, without all the death and pain. He was reborn and cute as hell. lol! And I think Eric truly felt something for Sookie. What could have been! But, then

    Dead to the World is the fourth installment in the Sookie Stackhouse series. I actually read this a year or more back but re-read it last night again and realized I like it more than 4 stars.

    Eric is my favorite character to start with, but during this book I love the new Eric also. He seemed so venerable and lost. It was Eric from a simpler time, without all the death and pain. He was reborn and cute as hell. lol! And I think Eric truly felt something for Sookie. What could have been! But, then Eric wouldn't be the Eric that we've come to love. And I do like the original Eric a lot.

    As for the story line outside of Sookies romance life, Sookie doesn't have it easy. Her brother goes missing, she's being hated to the point where the answer comes to death and to save Eric from losing his memory permanently, she has to go up against very powerful witches, that ends up in a battle for lives.

    Dead to the World was very exciting and suspenseful read. The romance was great and the plot was well put together. I really enjoyed this book. I'm not looking forward to Dead in the Family(due out in May?)

    If you haven't read this series yet, or have only watched the show, I highly recommend you read the books. The show may be good but the books are great. You don't know what your missing!

  • Beth

    This book starts off with a bang. Boring Bill announces he is leaving for Peru and Eric, the 6’4” Viking, makes an appearance in Bon Temps under a set of highly unusual circumstances: he is running down the side of the road half naked

    he has amnesia. Now honestly, don’t you think more books should start with a half naked vampire who has amnesia? If that doesn’t appeal to you, well, to be perfectly honest, you and I might have a hard time finding something to laugh about together because that

    This book starts off with a bang. Boring Bill announces he is leaving for Peru and Eric, the 6’4” Viking, makes an appearance in Bon Temps under a set of highly unusual circumstances: he is running down the side of the road half naked

    he has amnesia. Now honestly, don’t you think more books should start with a half naked vampire who has amnesia? If that doesn’t appeal to you, well, to be perfectly honest, you and I might have a hard time finding something to laugh about together because that tickles my funny bone on so many levels; I can’t even begin to explain.

    There are several things going through my head right now in regards to this book:

    --Eric with amnesia is hot.

    --I’m not thrilled with the inconsistencies that continually crop up, but I find myself willingly forgiving them because I’m having so much fun with the story. One example that stood out in this book was a description of shirtless Eric where he didn’t have chest hair. But a later description is about what his chest hair looks like when it’s covered in blood. Hm.

    --I’m glad Harris finally explained how Bubba is able to enter private residences even if he hasn’t been extended an invitation. I’d been wondering about that ever since the end of the previous book.

    --Jason, Jason, Jason. What’s going to happen to you, Jason? I’ve felt indifferent to Jason for most of the series thus far, but in this one it hit me that he reminds me of someone I knew years ago. My then-boyfriend had a goofy friend who fit Jason’s description to a T in personality, appearance, you name it. That made me laugh.

    --As for Sookie herself, she continues to get more interesting with each book. She’s likeable and funny and appealing because she feels like a real person. It’s typical in this genre for humans who spend a lot of time hanging around vampires, werewolves and other supernatural creatures to become something more human than human. But not Sookie. At this point, the only thing she has to protect herself against the big bads of the supernatural world are her telepathic abilities and the fact that she can wield a mean shotgun (which is kind of hot in a lesbie friend kind of way). The only thing I would change about Sookie is to advise her to lose the word of a day calendars. They’re silly.

  • Brad

    Dear Charlaine,

    This may come off a little mean, but I need to start by saying that you are a bit of a hack. But I don't mean that to be mean because the truth is I wouldn't want you to be anything other than the ass-kicking, pseudo-horror, pseudo-romance, pseudo-thriller hack that you are. You are my go-to guilty pleasure girl. I love hanging out with Sookie and her crew, and that's all down to you.

    I just wanted you to know that

    is my favourite of the bunch. This had

    Dear Charlaine,

    This may come off a little mean, but I need to start by saying that you are a bit of a hack. But I don't mean that to be mean because the truth is I wouldn't want you to be anything other than the ass-kicking, pseudo-horror, pseudo-romance, pseudo-thriller hack that you are. You are my go-to guilty pleasure girl. I love hanging out with Sookie and her crew, and that's all down to you.

    I just wanted you to know that

    is my favourite of the bunch. This had everything I love about Sookie and her world. Practically no Bill, lots of Eric (the hot Viking Sheriff of District Five), Weres, Witches, death, destruction, sex and tons of telepathic Sookie fun.

    Did I say sex? Well, you hit the perfect balance between sex and action in this book, and I actually found some of the sex between Sookie and Eric to be arousing (not something I can say for your scenes between Sookie and Bill). And while I am on the subject of Vampire sex, Charlaine, thanks for eschewing the angsty, glittery, chaste, annoying Vampirism of Ms. Meyers. You celebrate Vampire naughtiness, then throw in some shape changing naughtiness for good measure, and that's so much more fun to read than the moody, whiny love triangle between a vapid girl, a pissy wolfboy and creepy "vegan" vamp.

    So thanks for creating your bizarre, but believable world of everyday Supes who're challenging our prejudices by revealing that they've always been among us. Thanks for True Blood (both the fictional product and the HBO series), fangbangers (the coolest fictional term I've ever read in a pulpy novel), Fangtasia and the whole wacky population of Bon Temps.

    I know your books are trashy, and I know some of them have pissed me off in the past, but

    is an exceptional piece of B-Lit trash. I am now a fan now matter how bad the rest of the books are. Sookie Stackhouse = Fun. I don't need anything more than that.

    So thanks one last time, Charlaine Harris. I love your kooky mind.

    Yours, Brad Simkulet

  • Andina

    Loving eric and sookie's chemistry! I personally think that bill is a b*tch lol he didnt even know that sookie was trying so hard to pay her bill.

    And oh yeah remember when

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at:

    NOTE: The Eric gifs are coming, but y’all are gonna have to work for them ; )

    By the time I reached

    the end of the Sookie Stackhouse series, my reaction was something kinda like this . . .

    I (along with many other superfans of the Southern Vampire Series) was extremely disappointed. Not with the “who will Sookie end up with????” part. I mean seriously -

    when it came to that question. I was bummed that it felt like Harris

    Find all of my reviews at:

    NOTE: The Eric gifs are coming, but y’all are gonna have to work for them ; )

    By the time I reached

    the end of the Sookie Stackhouse series, my reaction was something kinda like this . . .

    I (along with many other superfans of the Southern Vampire Series) was extremely disappointed. Not with the “who will Sookie end up with????” part. I mean seriously -

    when it came to that question. I was bummed that it felt like Harris had thrown in the towel and just continued to milk that cash cow for all it was worth. I don’t fault any author for being done with a character or a series, but I do fault them for continuing on/signing new contracts/cashing paychecks when their heart isn’t in it any longer. As much as fans might bitch and moan about wanting moremoremore, it’s even worse when we get said moremoremore but find out we spent our hard earned moolah on crap.

    Now, I’m not saying this series started off with

    books. Obviously they weren’t ever up for a National Book Award. Buuuuuuuuuut, this re-read reminded me why I got so addicted to all the fluffy yumminess . . .

    Mmmmmm, Eric.

    ! The early books in this series had more than just hot vampires and bangable werewolves . . .

    going for them, though. They also had a

    . Better than that even -

    plotlines and tons of action – both in

    out of the sack. In

    we’re introduced to a weird little place called Hotshot, a glamazon known as Claudine, a missing brother, crossing storylines between witches and werewolves and shifters (OH MY), a cameo by Bubba . . .

    and last but most

    not least, amnesiac Eric . . .

    You are all familiar with Eric, right????

    Wait. Where was I??? Oh yeah, Eric . . . .

    If only he’d done some more of this . . .

    along with the making of the sex.

    was pure guilty pleasure that loses a star because in real life if your

    goes away to Peru you throw a G.D. party instead of pining for him. Get your f-ing head checked, Sookie. And also, because having all of the sexytimes interrupted by Eric calling the Queen of the Dipshits his “lover” which almost caused me to lose my sploosh. Worst. Pet. Name. Ever. Seriously. Here’s Exhibit A for proof:

    Many thanks to

    for letting me tag along on this re-read and to

    for hopping in as well. You gals know how to bring the

    giffy goods ; )

    I’d say I’m going to leave well enough alone and not read any more of this series, but I’ve learned to never say never. Plus, I might get the urge to read about ol’ Bob again . . .

    For now, though, I’ll simply say . . .

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  • Fabian

    So after Bill there's Eric, the superhot amnesiac vampire. Whereas anybody else would run with the Mulholland Drivesque plotline and linger on the noir aspects that go hand-in-hand with vamp myth, Book IV radically changes the series from the "Twilight" part of the spectrum to more "Buffy" territory. Proud to say that "Dead to the World" has less Sookie injuries and more beastly bloodshed than any of the books that came before it!

    There is still that erotic prose that owes lots to Anne Rice, the

    So after Bill there's Eric, the superhot amnesiac vampire. Whereas anybody else would run with the Mulholland Drivesque plotline and linger on the noir aspects that go hand-in-hand with vamp myth, Book IV radically changes the series from the "Twilight" part of the spectrum to more "Buffy" territory. Proud to say that "Dead to the World" has less Sookie injuries and more beastly bloodshed than any of the books that came before it!

    There is still that erotic prose that owes lots to Anne Rice, the cute less-than-300-page plots that emulate the first one (the sole masterpiece in the Sookie Stackhouse saga) and though they do not maintain that one's appeal, they never settle for clearset formulas. This is always a good thing.

    Yes, it must be said that sometimes the stories are too similar to one another and after being on a marathon of these (and will continue until book seven... I've bought them all at discount at Target!...) I sometimes forget what has occurred before and when. But I do love reading about Sam the shapeshifter, Bill, who leaves the plot for larger portions later on, & the clueless but lovable Sookie who tries to live as normal a life as possible, while the Children of the Night are drawn to her irresistibly. As are we.

  • Stepheny

    I'm not going to lie- I'm feeling disappointed. I have continuously heard that this is the "Eric book." From everyone who has EVER read these books. "Wait until you get to book 4!!" Who's Eric? you ask.

    Let me show you:

    He's a beautiful Viking vampire. He is sex on a stick. He will turn any woman's legs to jello...and well... other parts of her will be doing other things. Reactions beyond your own control...

    What I really expected from this book was a ton of this:

    Starring this ridiculous piece of

    I'm not going to lie- I'm feeling disappointed. I have continuously heard that this is the "Eric book." From everyone who has EVER read these books. "Wait until you get to book 4!!" Who's Eric? you ask.

    Let me show you:

    He's a beautiful Viking vampire. He is sex on a stick. He will turn any woman's legs to jello...and well... other parts of her will be doing other things. Reactions beyond your own control...

    What I really expected from this book was a ton of this:

    Starring this ridiculous piece of man-meat:

    What I got instead was more of the fucking werewolves that bore me to tears and underdeveloped witchcraft.

    Oh and were-panthers

    Yeah. I know.

    So, while the few instances of sexy time with Eric were great I was overall disappointed. And even more disappointed that with a $50,000.00 paycheck Sookie couldn't even give him the benefit of letting know he finally got to tap that ass.

    Talk about a snob! If

    got Eric in the sack- you can guarantee everyone with ears would know about it. And then I'd use the 50 grand to pay for a national advertisement. But hey, I guess that's me.

    Thanks to

    for agreeing to buddy read with me. :D And for

    for inviting herself into the buddy read and making it all the more fun. ;)

  • Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*

    First off, I would like to thank both Kelly and Stepheny for allowing me to intrude upon their buddy-read.

    I do not believe it necessary to reiterate how much distaste I feel for Sookie Stackhouse. If you care to know my explicit feelings in this matter, I go into rather intense detail in my review

    I will merely say I find her moronic and tedious, for purposes of this review.

    After reading this, the fourth book in the series, I think I have figured out what it is exactly that I

    First off, I would like to thank both Kelly and Stepheny for allowing me to intrude upon their buddy-read.

    I do not believe it necessary to reiterate how much distaste I feel for Sookie Stackhouse. If you care to know my explicit feelings in this matter, I go into rather intense detail in my review

    I will merely say I find her moronic and tedious, for purposes of this review.

    After reading this, the fourth book in the series, I think I have figured out what it is exactly that I cannot stand about Harris’s writing style. I am a person who views language as an art form. I believe that while there are several words that may be substituted in the place of each other that there is generally one word which flows best. I believe that words have a reactive feeling within us and that (although English is certainly not the most elegant of the languages) a writer has a responsibility to their readers to attempt to make that language resonate in their stories. To choose words which do not smash and jar the reader in opposition to the emotions you are trying to invoke in a particular scene. (Of course, like almost anything, there are exceptions to this.)

    I really don’t think Harris would agree with me. In my opinion, she sacrifices much in way of style and language art for substance in this series. And, to me, it shows. There are many choices she makes, language-wise, that simply do not jive with me.

    Let me make an example:

    The *bleh* mouthfeel (a word I find in contradiction to the very thing it’s expressing) of the word ‘Love’ is like a circle, perfectly rotating; it is a soft word that feels balanced on the tongue.

    . If love were a letter it would be an “O”. The word “Lover”, on the other hand, is like a “Q”, a circle with a stop in it; that feels jarring to my mouth (and also when my brain speaks it when reading). I abhor the term “Lover” (and “Baby”, for that matter). Both of these endearments are overused in this story.

    I have much more positive feelings about the show based on this series than I do the book series it is based on, and as a reader that upsets me.

    It’s no well-hidden secret that I have fond feelings for ‘Eric Northman’.

    begins with Eric having amnesia and behaving very docile and un-Eric-like. And while I adore the smart-mouthed asshole persona, I admit to having a soft spot for memory-washed Eric. He makes me wonder what Eric, the human Viking, must have been like.

    There are several different stories happening simultaneously in this book. Jason, Sookie’s lady-killer brother, goes missing; Sookie is put on Eric-Watch and a group of evil witches is trying to take over Shevreport. For a book with so much potential plot there is far too much uninteresting bullshit within these pages. As I said, there is a lot of meat to this story (and I’m curious how it would have read if I hadn’t known what was likely to happen going in) but Harris concentrated far too much on the fat. Had this been trimmed down I believe it would have been more interesting, if not more artistically pleasing to me.

    Also, that cover is not pleasant AT ALL. That image of Eric almost killed all sploosh-factor a couple times.

    One final note (as my review is now reaching lengthy proportions): I loathed the amount of Bill-thought/talk within this book. For one, Bill was not present. For second, at the end of the last book Bill raped Sookie. The fact that this incident is glossed over in a way that minimises the act is DEEPLY unsettling to me.

  • Em Lost In Books

    Best of the series so far especially when i put faces to these characters from the TV show. this has become a guilty pleasure of mine.

  • Jayson

    | More than Satisfactory

    Familiar and likable characters make it decent, but there's not much plot. Very static, it didn't add much to the series.

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